DRAGONS AND OTHER CREATURES

2 Cor.5:17 – Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

The problem with humans is far more severe than we want to admit. Some think education can fix our dilemma, others think that discipline alone is the answer. Others appeal to the home life or maybe therapy and counseling. You see none of those solutions are bad and may prove to be quite helpful. None of them actually address the real problem with humans. Its our nature that’s the problem. C.S. Lewis dealt with this very issue in the Chronicles of Narnia. One of the young children actually morphed into a dragon. He was actually a dragon all along, fixing him took drastic measures. Lewis portrayed the new birth as actually peeling off or peeling away the dragon nature that encompassed Eustace. It was a picture of the new birth experience. We used to be some horrid creature. We have become different creatures by the new birth experience. Dane Ortlund describes this transformation.

“In The Voyage of the Dawn Treader C. S. Lewis captures an Edwardsian view of regeneration in his depiction of the change wrought in the previously obnoxious Eustace: “It would be nice, and fairly nearly true, to say that ‘from that time forth Eustace was a different boy.’ To be strictly accurate, he began to be a different boy. He had relapses. There were still many days when he could be very tiresome. But most of those I shall not notice. The cure had begun.”

In the new birth the cure has begun. Like Eustace, the dragons that we all naturally are by birth have been decisively peeled off in the new birth. Old tendencies remain, but the fundamental change has secured us once and for all as new creatures.”

So maybe you are still dealing with some sort of slippage back into that dragon like life. You know there was a change and for a while you appeared to be a different person. Those dragon like qualities just keep creeping back into your world. What can you do? Its really quite simple; stop feeding the beast. Feed that new person you have become. How do you do that? Stop eating dragon food. Its the carnal atmosphere that surrounds us that feeds the dragon. We have to get violent with ourselves. Attack that dragon like life with the word of God and the Spirit. Feast on the food of angels and the dragon will be gone for good.

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